Zucchini Benefits: Stop GERD, Heartburn Symptoms

06. 13. 2018

Summer is a great time to grill out, but often, the popular foods we cook on the grill are the very foods that cause acid reflux and heartburn. Acid reflux occurs when the lower esophageal sphincter muscle relaxes abnormally or weakens, allowing stomach acid to flow back into the esophagus. Symptoms include tasting regurgitated food or sour liquid at the back of the throat or having a burning sensation in the chest.

Chronic acid reflux is referred to as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). It is important to get heartburn and GERD under control as soon as possible. Many people manage symptoms and find relief with dietary changes, such as substituting acidic foods for alkaline ones like zucchini.

Zucchini, like many green vegetables, are low in acid and full of nutrition. Since they are alkaline, they shouldn’t aggravate your heartburn. In addition to being low in acid, they are a good source of vitamins A and C, antioxidants which studies suggest may help prevent GERD. To ease your heartburn, eat more of these foods and avoid high-acid foods like tomatoes which can make heartburn worse!

Zucchini Chicken Sausage Skewers Recipe

Hamburgers, hot dogs and sausages are grilling favorites, but to avoid a flare up, stay away from these high-fat meats. Stick to lean meats like chicken and turkey so you can feel great and enjoy the cookout. Try these zucchini chicken sausage skewers and be sure to use chicken sausages that are not spicy; spicy foods are also a common trigger. Happy grilling!

Ingredients (makes about 7 skewers):
• 2 medium zucchini
• 2 chicken sausages (6 ounces), pre-cooked (try mild Italian sausage)
• 1 teaspoon olive oil
• ¼ teaspoon sea salt
• 1 teaspoon dried oregano

1) Preheat grill to medium (around 350-400 degrees).
2) Cut off ends of zucchini. Cut each in half lengthwise and then cut again crosswise into 1-inch sections. Place zucchini in a medium mixing bowl and toss with olive oil, salt and oregano. Set aside.
3) Cut sausages into 1-inch pieces.
4) Alternate sausage and zucchini on skewers. Once grill reaches desired temperature, place skewers on grill and cook for five minutes. Then, flip the skewers and cook for another 10 minutes (you can use a grill spatula to press down on the skewers to create a nice grill mark on your meat and veggies).


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